Royal Offset installs a new Komori GL 537 plus coater

Plans to tap the growing packaging market

Baljeet Singh, the owner of Royal Offset and his son Amanpreet Singh alongside the new Komori GL 537 offset press at their plant in New Delhi. Photo IPP
Baljeet Singh, the owner of Royal Offset and his son Amanpreet Singh alongside the new Komori GL 537 offset press at their plant in New Delhi. Photo IPP

Baljeet Singh, the owner of Royal Offset, started his printing business in 2007 with a 4-color Dominant press. In the next few years, Royal invested in two more 4-color Dominant sheetfed offset presses. In 2008, the company experienced a steep rise in its offset business. However, by 2015 Singh was not happy with the print quality that his existing setup delivered and he bought a second-hand 4-color offset press when Komori India approached him.

“I wanted to purchase a 19 x 26 inch press back then. But Komori insisted me to purchase their 20 x 30 inch press. There is a difference of Rs. 125 in each set between both the presses. Komori then informed me that there would be a delay in delivering the 19 x 26 inch press. I said I can wait for it,” says Singh.

New Enthrone sets the tone for Royal Offset

In August 2015, Royal installed a Komori Enthrone 426 sheetfed offset press. Within months of installing the new press, Royal Offset received a huge order for Gram Panchayat elections. “For seven days straight, we produced 115 printed sets by running all our machines throughout the day in two 12-hour shifts. That helped us take full advantage of the high-speed press from Komori and by the next year, we gained so many customers that we felt the need to buy another press,” Singh recollects.

In December 2016, Royal Offset purchased a Heidelberg SM74 20 x 30 inch 4-color sheetfed offset press. “Our first press was the Enthrone that proved to be a game-changer for our company and even today, we use that press to its utmost capacity. We now have a system that we follow. All jobs on less than 300 gsm substrates are printed on the Enthrone press while all 300 gsm plus and duplex board printing is done on the Heidelberg press. This way, we keep both our presses busy and occupied,” shares Singh.

New Komori GL 537 plus coater for packaging

“Now we’ve purchased this 25 x 36 inch Komori GL 537. We made a judgement error during our previous investment and should have purchased a 25 x 36 inch format press rather than 20 x 30 inch press but no regrets. Even though we’re late by a couple of years, we’re pretty sure that the packaging market still has a lot of potential in it for us to capitalize,” Singh says.

Royal Offset aims to get the ROI on the new GL 537 press in the next 2–3 years. The press is UV ready and is equipped with a coater. Multiple additional features including PDC – SG, Komori’s proprietory color feedback technology, and KID, Komori Info-Service Display software, will ensure print quality management and faster delivery.

“We’re planning to enter the packaging segment and supply mainly to the pharma companies. We have handled small packaging projects in the past but it’s time we entered packaging in a big way. Delhi is a strategic location for supplying packaging. It is well connected to all major cities in the country where brands are stationed. Hence, after doing all these calculations, we’ve come to this decision,” Singh concludes.

Royal Offset currently works with dealers of various pharma and FMCG brands and in due course of time plans to work with these brands directly.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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  1. Congratulation to Mr Baljeet Singh and the team of Royal Offset for the new venture in to the Pharma industries….. Good to see that many Indian companies are coming up in an unique way to the industry to cater to their packaging need… India is growing, congratulation to all Indian business owners.


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